Alternative Guide to Rotterdam

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Fri 26 September


We have a great line-up of streetfood chefs, we have a great location in a laid back setting … all you have to do is be happy and hungry!

Sat 27 September

Route du Nord presents Route Souterraine

An evening of heavy bands and party with zZz, Opioids, and The Afterveins!

Sat 20 September

Rotterdamse Oogstfestival / Harvestfestival

Welcome to the Chickenclub! Farmers, urban chicks & sturdy roosters celebrate the harvest at the Rotterdam Harvestfestival on September 20!

Sat 11 October

Junkyard Garage festival

Junkyard is a new Garage festival brought to you by Stagnation/Tocado. Lately Rotterdam has been a bit too quiet to our liking when it comes to good old fashioned raunchy Rock ‘n Roll. So here it is: JUNKYARD!! Jack Oblivian, John Schooley, Urban Junior, Anomalys, The Sheiks, Beyond Lickin’ and Beach Coma.

Fri 19 September

Room 29-31, ‘Occulture’

Enjoy three hours of non-stop international live art and performances at showroom MAMA. With work by: Nina Glockner (DE, 1982), Angelo Gens (PT, 1983) & Pedro Matias (PT, 1984), Lilia Scheerder (NL, 1986), Dennis van Vreden (NL, 1987), Tessa Laurentia van der Meeren (NL, 1990), LOLO is a Boy (NL, 1989), and Vincent Riebeek (NL, 1988).

Wed 17 September

Lunch Beat, ‘Ditch The Desk and Dance’

Break up the week with Lunch Beat, the social event of this Wednesday afternoon. Feet on the floor with lunch by Soep de Joer. Dance, dance, dance with Kesia Smit, Monsieur le Vurrr, Kwame and MC Krentenkoning.

Fri 26 September

Oktoberfest Rotterdam 2014

Oktoberfest Rotterdam is back! It’s time for the third edition of Oktoberfest Rotterdam! In other words it’s time for Dirndls, Beerpins, Maes, Lederhosen, a big tent next to the Biergarten Rotterdam and of course the best DJ’s from Rotterdam.

Sun 14 September

Play Date ‘Inventive and Productive’

Play along with Toine Klaassen (NL, 1973). With minimal resources and performances, Toine Klaassen excites children’s imaginations, and gets the adults thinking too.

Fri 12 September

Charity Supper, ‘Kick Off’

Share your ideas and eat with tastemakers from Rotterdam’s arts and culture sector during MAMA’s Charity Supper. The Charity Supper takes place during the opening of De Wereld van het Witte de Withkwartier festival, and is realised in collaboration with Cateringa & Kompanen.

Sat 06 September

Speyksessie 14 at Expedition Noordereiland!

This season’s Speyksessies kick-off takes us to the stately Hulstkamp building. During the Expedition Noordereiland festival you can enjoy another super varied evening with only the best music and poetry. What better way to start off your Saturday evening?

Sat 13 September

24 uur cultuur

The opening of the cultural season in Rotterdam is unique. From Saturday 13 September at 17:00 to Sunday 14 September at 17:00 culture is the centre of attention in Rotterdam. During those 24 hours the city is dominated by theater, dance, visual arts, music and film. Visitors have the chance to taste and enjoy an attractive, varied and exciting program filled with previews, premieres, exclusive behind the scenes and tours.

Sat 13 September

Public Toilet ‘MAMA, I need to pee!’

Take a pee at MAMA, where toilet hosts and hostesses provide hand washing. Fresh scents and music complete the experience.

Sat 13 September

Parfum de BoemBoem by De Likt

Is his name Simon or Jordy? It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that De Likt’s frontman is curating a guided bycycle tour through Rotterdam, which will end in an exclusive concert! The tour is one of six Parfum de BoemBoem-tours that you can join in the weekend of 24 uur cultuur.

Fri 12 September

Happy Industry

On September 12, 13 and 14 AVL-Mundo organizes the festival Happy Industry, a local neo-Industrial Revolution in Rotterdam’s Museumpark - with artists working on site in the foundry, music, film, performances, food and drinks.

Sun 24 August

Luchtsingel Rotterdam opens with Urban Picnic

On Sunday, August 24th at 12:30, the Luchtsingel will be officially opened to the public.

Fri 29 August


A two day weekend event focusing on extreme electronic music with an amazing line up. + an art exhibition, workshops, film-screenings and Q&A’s by the artists!

Mon 25 August

Zicht op Rotterdam

In the final week of the school holidays, from 25 to 31 of august, just before work starts again you can go on a camp: either for a day, multiple days, or even the whole week. In your own city. On the Eiland van Brienenoord, with a view on Rotterdam, we will be thinking, making, talking, sketching, building and imagining the future of Rotterdam.

Thu 02 October


CAMERA JAPAN, the largest festival for Japanese film and anime in the Benelux, takes places Thursday 2 till Sunday 5 October at Rotterdam’s LantarenVenster.

Mon 22 September

Social Media Week Rotterdam

Social Media Week is a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach across five continents, including Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. This september Rotterdam is the first city in de Benelux region to host Social Media Week.

Sat 16 August

Blijdorp Festival

A new festival hidden in the garden behind the Rotterdam Zoo with many great acts like Kollektiv Turmstrasse (DE), Mosca (UK), Tears&Marble and Jules Deelder.